5th Annual Anime Pasadena to bring 15,000 anime & cosplay fans to Pasadena

October 30, 2023

Two-day event at the Pasadena Convention Center, November 4th and 5th

Pasadena, California (October 30, 2023) - The Pasadena Convention Center welcomes Anime Pasadena for its fifth annual anime and cosplay convention on November 4th and 5th. This year, Anime Pasadena has expanded their two-day programming to include more activities, including over 350 vendors, over 45 celebrity guests, music, games, panels, and more.

“Anime Pasadena has been such an incredible event for the Pasadena Convention Center and local businesses over the years,” said Michael Ross, CEO of the Pasadena Center Operating Company. “As 15,000 anime fans and cosplayers arrive in Pasadena for the two-day event, we’ve worked with the team to accommodate the expanded programming. It’ll be a delight to see dedicated and diverse fans paint the town in cosplay as they enjoy the charm of Pasadena’s walkable downtown areas and array of shopping and dining experiences.”

Scheduled panels will include the cast from global hit anime series and gaming products like One Piece, My Hero Academia, Demon Slayer, Jujutsu Kaisen, Spy x Family, Hunter x Hunter, Sailor Moon, Naruto, Persona 5, Final Fantasy Kingdom Hearts, Genshin Impact, and more. Special guests will be on site for autographs, signings, photos, and more.

The two-day event will also include a “Dragon Hall Z” with a free arcade zone, free professional photo rooms, a maid café, Anime Fire giveaways, and a main stage. Additional activities include a gaming tournament, anime karaoke, a free scavenger hunt, and an expansive artists alley.

Attendees are encouraged to dress in their favorite cosplay characters and will get the opportunity to participate in meet ups, as well as an adult cosplay contest at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and a kids cosplay contest at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Please be sure to review the weapons/props policy while planning your visit.

The official Anime Pasadena after party will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center on Saturday, November 4 at 9:00 p.m. and will feature a variety of experiences, such as a bunny-girl lounge, photo areas, drinks, a free arcade zone, live music by Not A Phase, and more.

Event details:

  • Pasadena Convention Center | 300 E. Green Street, Pasadena, California 91101
  • Friday, November 3 – Pre-registration from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 4 – Show opens 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 4 – Official after party at 9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 5 – Show opens 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Two-day passes are available for $45; single-day tickets are available for $30; Kids 12 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket; after party tickets are available for $20; and can be purchasedhere. To prepare for your visit to the Pasadena Convention Center, please review these FAQs.


On-site parking is available at Pasadena Convention Center and overflow parking is available at Paseo, Del Mar Station, and Los Robles Garage, all detailed in this page and within walking distance to the iconic venue.

About the Pasadena Convention Center

The Pasadena Convention Center is the premier meetings, entertainment, and events venue in the heart of Pasadena. The 130,000 sq. ft. venue accommodates meetings of all sizes with spacious exhibit halls, an expansive ballroom and over a dozen breakout rooms. The Pasadena Convention Center is proud to be a LEED Gold certified facility and is professionally managed by the Pasadena Center Operating Company. In recent years, the Pasadena Convention Center has averaged over 300 events and attracted over 350,000 attendees. For more information, visit www.pasadenacenter.com.